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Competition law developments: Enforcement priorities and notable cases

Author(s): Shuli Rodal, Christopher Naudie, Peter Glossop, Michelle Lally, Kaeleigh Kuzma

Dec 13, 2019

In March 2019, Matthew Boswell was appointed as the Commissioner of Competition for a term of five years. Since Commissioner Boswell’s appointment, two clear enforcement priorities have emerged that are likely to shape his tenure: enforcement in the digital economy and the detection and review of non-notifiable mergers.

This year also saw two significant developments in competition law jurisprudence. In Commissioner of Competition v. Vancouver Airport Authority, the Competition Tribunal confirmed that business justification for conduct is the paramount consideration in an abuse of dominance case. In Pioneer Corp. v. Godfrey, the Supreme Court of Canada revisited and reset the ground rules governing the availability of collective relief for consumers in Canada, particularly in respect of class actions that seek damages for anti-competitive harm...